TAVIS SMILEY'S "EDUCATION UNDER ARREST" IGNORES THE CAUSES

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

When the bubonic plague spread through Europe in the 14th century, people noticed that if you burned enough infected bodies and the houses where they died, you would ultimately get rid of the plague- but not until your population had been significantly decimated. People at the time did not as yet understand what caused the plague, which was actually being carried by fleas on rats that were feeding on human garbage and waste. As long as they dealt only with the symptoms and not the underlying disease, one might say they remained plagued.

Tonight at the California Endowment, I attended a prescreening of Education Under Arrest, a documentary Tavis Smiley did on how the zero tolerance policy in our schools has lead to the over-incarceration of predominantly African American and Latino youth. The way Education Under Arrest deals with this modern day plague on predominately youth of color in our public schools is reminiscent of how people initially attempted to address the bubonic plague: Education Under Arrest deals exclusively with the symptoms without ever addressing the clear and imminently addressable underlying causes, which dooms it to as much success in dealing with over incarceration of minority youth as they had in dealing with the plague in the 14th century.

Students socially promoted through grade after grade of elementary, middle, and high school without foundational prior grade-level standards do not have the skill set necessary to be engaged in the educational process. When normal human development is thwarted by a racist public education system that has no real expectation that children of color can learn and does nothing to nurture these children, it is no wonder they get into fights, become truant, and ultimately get sucked into the very lucrative school to prison pipeline- prison guards are the second largest union in the state.

Education Under Arrest never once asks why children of color are disruptive. Could it have anything to do with the fact that nobody has ever really tried to educate them in a timely manner at the subjective level they are at? The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)  and predominantly minority and poverty filled districts like it around the United States continue to create the pervasive and unquestioned stereotype that children of color are somehow more difficult to educate than any other children. While poverty and broken families or parents who themselves didn't get much out of this long-failed public education system makes the job of educating difficult, it couldn't be any harder than trying to deal with the zoo that most LAUSD schools now resemble. Could it be that those in power have precisely the public education system they want? Or are they just too stupid to realize that educated children make productive engaged citizens that cost less  than zero tolerance policy, police, and incarceration that are clearly not a solution, except for those getting rich on it. 

While Manuel of the Community Rights Campaign, who was on the panel after the film, pointed out that LAUSD spends $52 million a year on its police force, the fact that an LAUSD of my youth had no school police is never mentioned, because we have become so accustomed to a public education system that accommodates to dysfunction and violence, instead of addressing its root causes. And one major root cause is social promotion where students arrive at school in kindergarten already behind and find themselves continually falling further behind as they are pushed through the system grade after grade without the skills necessary to engage them in the educational process. It doesn't take a genius to know what is going to happen to any population of students so treated.

The idle mind is the devils playground, so it is of little wonder that these students become disruptive, drop out, and get incarcerated, because school has only meant humiliation and not the magic of finding their own unique gifts. Michelle Alexander describes this so well in her recent book The New Jim Crow, which chronicles the explosion of the prison population from 800,000 in 1978 to 2.4 million today with 60% of this population being African American and Latino.

Tavis Smiley seems like a good man who honestly wants to understand what is going on in public education that has created the school to prison pipeline. However, seeking that answer from LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy in Education Under Arrest is like asking Mississippi Governor George Wallace to help you with your plan for integration. And having Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on the panel after the film begs the question as to why AFT sits by while both students and teachers are brutalized by what has degraded into a glorified daycare system that is no place to be somebody for either students or teachers.

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En Español

Cuando la peste bubónica se extendió por Europa en el siglo 14, la gente notó que si se quemaron los cuerpos lo suficientemente infectadas y las casas donde murieron, en última instancia, se libraría de la plaga, pero no hasta que su población había sido diezmada de manera significativa. La gente de la época no lo comprenden aún la causa de la peste, que estaba siendo llevada por las pulgas de las ratas que se alimentan de basura y desechos humanos. Mientras ellos tratan sólo los síntomas y no la enfermedad subyacente, se podría decir que se mantuvo atormentaba.

Esta noche en el California Endowment, asistí a una preselección de Educación bajo arresto, un documental Tavis Smiley hizo en cómo la política de tolerancia cero en las escuelas ha llevado a la sobrepoblación carcelaria de los jóvenes de EE.UU. y Latinoamérica predominantemente africano. La forma en Educación bajo arresto ofertas con esta plaga de hoy en día predominantemente en los jóvenes de color en nuestras escuelas públicas es una reminiscencia de cómo las personas inicialmente trató de abordar la peste bubónica: Educación bajo arresto ofertas en exclusiva con los síntomas sin abordar el fondo claro y direccionable inminente causas, que condena a tanto éxito en el tratamiento en vez del encarcelamiento de los jóvenes de minorías como lo habían hecho en el tratamiento de la peste en el siglo 14.

Los estudiantes socialmente promovidos al grado tras grado de primaria, intermedia y secundaria sin fundacionales previas nivel de grado no tienen las habilidades necesarias para participar en el proceso educativo. Cuando el desarrollo humano normal se ve frustrada por un sistema de educación pública racista que no tiene expectativa real de que los niños de color pueden aprender y no hace nada para alimentar a estos niños, no es de extrañar que se meten en peleas, se convierten en ausencias injustificadas y, en definitiva dejarse atrapar por el muy escuela lucrativo a prisión Cárcel-guardias son la unión segundo más grande del estado.

Educación bajo arresto ni una sola vez se pregunta por qué los niños de color son perjudiciales. ¿Podría tener algo que ver con el hecho de que nadie ha intentado realmente educarlos de manera oportuna en el nivel subjetivo están? El diario Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) y predominantemente distritos minoritarios y la pobreza, como lo llenas todo Estados Unidos siguen para crear el estereotipo generalizado e incuestionable que los niños de color son de alguna manera más difícil educar a otros niños. Si bien la pobreza y la desintegración familiar o los padres que ellos mismos no se mucho de este sistema de educación pública a largo fallido hace el trabajo difícil de educar, no podría ser más difícil de tratar de lidiar con el zoo que la mayoría de las escuelas del LAUSD ahora se asemejan a . ¿Podría ser que están en el poder tienen precisamente el sistema público de educación que quieren? ¿O son simplemente demasiado estúpido para darse cuenta de que los niños educados hacer productivos ciudadanos comprometidos que cuestan menos de cero tolerancia política, la policía y el encarcelamiento que claramente no son una solución, excepto para aquellos que hacerse rico en ella.

Mientras que Manuel de la Campaña de Derechos Comunitarios, que estaba en el panel después de la película, señaló que el LAUSD gasta $ 52 millones al año en las fuerzas policiales, el hecho de que un LAUSD de mi juventud no tenía policía escuela nunca se menciona, porque tenemos acostumbrado a un sistema de educación pública que se acomoda a la disfunción y la violencia, en lugar de abordar sus causas profundas. Y una de las causas raíz principal es la promoción social en el que los estudiantes lleguen a la escuela en kindergarten ya quedó atrás y se encuentran continuamente quedando atrás a medida que se empuja a través del sistema de grado después del grado sin las habilidades necesarias para participar en el proceso educativo. No hace falta ser un genio para saber lo que va a ocurrir a cualquier población de estudiantes así tratados.

La mente ociosa es el patio de los demonios, por lo que es de extrañar que estos estudiantes a convertirse en perjudicial, abandonar, y encarcelado conseguir, porque la escuela sólo ha significado humillación y no la magia de descubrir sus dones únicos. Michelle Alexander lo describe tan bien en su reciente libro The New Jim Crow, que narra la explosión de la población carcelaria de 800.000 en 1978 a 2.400.000 hoy con el 60% de esta población es afroamericana y latina.

Tavis Smiley parece un buen hombre que sinceramente quiere entender lo que está pasando en la educación pública que ha creado la escuela a la Cárcel. Sin embargo, la búsqueda de la respuesta de LAUSD Superintendente John Deasy en Educación bajo arresto es como pedirle a Mississippi gobernador George Wallace para ayudarle con su plan para la integración. Y tener a Randi Weingarten, presidente de la Federación Americana de Maestros (AFT) en el panel después de la película nos lleva a la pregunta de por qué AFT ​​se encuentra cerca mientras que tanto los estudiantes como los profesores están embrutecidos por lo que ha derivado en un sistema de guardería glorificado que hay colocar a haber alguien para estudiantes o profesores.

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03 2013

8 Comments

Please read the new controversial book" The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement: Failure of America's Public Schools to Properly Educate its African American Student Populations.." Its currently available on Amazon.com, or, Rosedogbooks.com..

Mr. Isenberg please email me, I agree with everything you have said. I have a child who is being "SOCIALLY PROMOTED" for 3 years now. He lives with his dad primarily, and is behind at least 50 credits. I need help in a bad way before I go to court again. Speaking of which, Los Angeles Superior Court is the other plight on the lives of children of color. They really keep us around for the pupose of job security (keeping their calendars full), and that's it.

I just watched Tavis' "Education Under Arrest" on Pbs - I am not that negative on his attempt to keep this discussion at the apex of one of the wrongs of eduction..Is social promotion a MAJOR player in the lack of ability to educate well ALL of our kids..does the breakdown of the American family and community in raising Black men get left out as a point that Teachers and Districts cannot fix alone- yes..but as long as some media personality takes a chance at all to do some reporting on this issue, I cannot toss napalm at him..I am an African American female educator..we are a dying breed in Lausd due to language barriers, and a lack of any focus on how this countries apartheid educational system is truly doing as it is set up to do - destroy hope and replace it with Big Business as a savior...YES social promotion is a BIG issue - why aren't some Indie movie makers looking to bring that topic up???? I am very concerned that we not trash media giving us some spin on what ails American education and not blame teachers- I did not see that in Tavis' report - and I suspect he will do more on the issue. Maybe teachers should start a written campaign to ask him to do a report on Social Promotion..and see if he'll do it..I suspect he might..

Tavis is too smart to have unintentionally missed social promotion without mastery of fundamental skills unless he either meant to do so or tacitly accepts that you don't keep shows on PBS television and radio by speaking truth to power.

The unquestioning acceptance of endemic Black and Latino underachievement, while only dealing with acting out that is the normal byproduct of being screwed by the system is unacceptable 59 years after Brown vs. Board of Education.

The regrettable truth of LAUSD in predominantly minority and poor filled school districts like it around the country is that they have precisely the school to prison system they want. If they didn't, it would have changed a long time ago, since it is actually much easier and less expensive to educate all of our children. But this would require those in power to lose their cheap Latino labor source and to look at 400 plus years of exceptionally reprehensible history when it comes to Black Americans. Maintaining underachievement is hard work that goes against the natural human desire to be wowed by education.

Great question: "Why aren't some Indie movie makers looking to bring that topic (social promotion) up???"

A better question: Why does everyone ignore the issue?

If you all didn't ignore social promotion, Latinos, Blacks, and poor folks in general would live up to their potential- now there's an interesting thought. Clearly, LAUSD and U.S. inner city public education is designed to shun this possibility with the passion of a still vibrant racism that would bring a smile to the spirit of George Corley Wallace. Our species doesn't seem to learn and one can only hope that the deity doesn't lose patience with us.

You are right on the money: "AFT sits by while both teachers and students are brutalized by what has degraded into a glorified day care system." You also mean UTLA. Tavis Smiley should go teach in a predominantly African American public secondary school in South LA. I bet he would right a whole different story. But he feels he is above that. That is one of the fundamental root problems too.

It's a bad mechanic who blames his tools. While I cannot abide students telling me to go "f" myself, I at least have enough of an education to understand the frustration that is at the root of such behavior which is antithetical to predominantly children of color reaching there potential in our schools. The sad truth is that those running our schools- whatever their ethnicity- seem to have lost the expectation that these children can thrive. My rage and frustration is I know they can. Give me Roosevelt, Dorsey or Crenshaw and three years and I'll show you what empowered students, families, and teachers can do. Given me ten years and they will be the highest achieving schools in the city. But that would be an embarrassment to the powers that be and their less than equitable agenda.

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